Famous Guitars

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Guitars of Famous Musicians

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George Harrison’s 1957 Les Paul Given to him from Eric Clapton. Starting life as a “Goldtop” it was refinished red by previous owner Rick Derringer, who had purchased it from the Lovin' Spoonful’s John Sebastian. After buying it in NYC and bringing it back to the UK to give to Harrison, who named it “Lucy” after Lucille Ball, Clapton used the guitar on The Beatles recording of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and borrowed it for his legendary Rainbow Concert in 1973.

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George Harrison’s 1964 Gibson SG “The Quiet Beatle” acquired this guitar in the mid-1960s and played it extensively on Revolver and The Beatles AKA “The White Album.” Always generous with his guitars, Harrison then gave it to Badfinger guitarist Pete Ham, who played it until his death in 1975. The guitar was sold at auction about 10 years ago for over half a million dollars and is now owned by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.

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Jimmy Pages’ “#1” Gibson Les Paul Standard bought this guitar off fellow rocker Joe Walsh, then of the James Gang

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Nice!!!

Keith Richards’ 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard  Richards bought this guitar in 1964 in London and used it extensively in the band’s early days before selling it to future Stones guitarist Mick Taylor in 1967. Photos also show it was lent to Clapton and Page at various points in the mid-to-late ‘60s. It passed through different hands starting in the early 1970s, including Whitesnake’s Bernie Marsden, and now is owned by a wealthy collector in Europe.

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Joe Perry’s 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard This tobacco sunburst beauty was originally owned by Perry during Aerosmith’s ‘70s heyday but money troubles led him to sell it in the early ‘80s. At one point Texas shredder Eric Johnson owned it before it ended up in the hands of ubiquitously top-hatted guitarist Slash, who held onto to it for years and used it in the “November Rain” video before giving it back to Joe for his 50th birthday.

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Jimi Hendrix Flying V

Jimi Hendrix Flying V

Eric Clapton’s 1964 Gibson SG  It’s nickname “The Fool” comes from the artistic collective who imagined and painted it. After Cream broke up the guitar passed hands a couple times before ending up in the possession of ‘70s solo star and producer Todd Rundgren, who played it live for years after. Rundgren sold it at auction in 2000 for $150,000 and was allegedly resold a few years later for around $500,000 to a private collector.

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Steve Jones’ 1971 Gibson Les Paul Custom The Sex Pistols guitar anti-hero played this guitar throughout the band’s punk rock heyday. It was given to him by then-manager Malcolm McLaren, who received it from the New York Dolls’ Syl Sylvain, purportedly in exchange for money owed.

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George Harrison’s 1968 Rosewood Fender Telecaster One of the Beatle’s most famous guitars is this deep brown Tele, which was given to him by the Fender company used it in the film Let It Be, including its live rooftop performance, before giving it to Delaney Bramlett of American band Delaney & Bonnie. Bramlett put it up for auction a couple times before it was purchased on behalf of Harrison’s wife Olivia for $470,000.

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Peter Green’s 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard sold it to fan, friend and rising guitar star Gary Moore, who played it throughout his years with Thin Lizzy and as a solo artist. After some financial difficulties, Moore sold it in the early 2000s, where it traded hands to the tune of a couple million dollars and is currently owned by Metallica’s Kirk Hammet, who was seen playing it live on tour last year.

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